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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(1), 83;

Silicon Photonics towards Disaggregation of Resources in Data Centers

Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Received: 21 November 2017 / Revised: 3 January 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optical Interconnects)
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In this paper, we demonstrate two subsystems based on Silicon Photonics, towards meeting the network requirements imposed by disaggregation of resources in Data Centers. The first one utilizes a 4 × 4 Silicon photonics switching matrix, employing Mach Zehnder Interferometers (MZIs) with Electro-Optical phase shifters, directly controlled by a high speed Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) board for the successful implementation of a Bloom-Filter (BF)-label forwarding scheme. The FPGA is responsible for extracting the BF-label from the incoming optical packets, carrying out the BF-based forwarding function, determining the appropriate switching state and generating the corresponding control signals towards conveying incoming packets to the desired output port of the matrix. The BF-label based packet forwarding scheme allows rapid reconfiguration of the optical switch, while at the same time reduces the memory requirements of the node’s lookup table. Successful operation for 10 Gb/s data packets is reported for a 1 × 4 routing layout. The second subsystem utilizes three integrated spiral waveguides, with record-high 2.6 ns/mm2, delay versus footprint efficiency, along with two Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (SOA-MZI) wavelength converters, to construct a variable optical buffer and a Time Slot Interchange module. Error-free on-chip variable delay buffering from 6.5 ns up to 17.2 ns and successful timeslot interchanging for 10 Gb/s optical packets are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical switching; optical buffering; FPGA; photonic integrated circuits; bloom filter optical switching; optical buffering; FPGA; photonic integrated circuits; bloom filter

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Moralis-Pegios, M.; Terzenidis, N.; Mourgias-Alexandris, G.; Vyrsokinos, K. Silicon Photonics towards Disaggregation of Resources in Data Centers. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 83.

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